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803. Garrison City Beerworks Khaos

Garrison City KhaosUpdated review with photo of the 16 ounce can. Compared to the original review this beer is a lot thicker than the last photo I took.

Khaos is the 9th beer I have reviewed from Garrison City and all have been very good. Most have been hop forward pale ales, IPAs or double IPAs which are a few of  my favorite styles.

Color is a little lighter Anomalous, the other DIPA I have reviewed from GCB, but still has the slight haze and bright white head that most of their other beers have. Aroma is nice mix of tropical fruits and pine. Grapefruit, citrus, lemon, pine and a bit of grass are all present in the taste making this a very complex and flavorful beer. Resinous finish with a fair amount of bitterness that lingers in a good way.

Garrison City Beerworks KhaosOverall another excellent beer from GCB and this one will be available in 16 ounce cans soon. 
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Alcohol Content: 7.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 75
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Brewers Website: Garrison City BeerWorks
Brewers Description: Khaos highlights Apollo hops and is brewed and dry hopped with Belma, Ella and Cascade

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802. Prohibition Pig Bantam DIPA

Prohibition Pig Bantam DIPAIf you spend any amount of time in Vermont you are probably familiar with Prohibition Pig as they are a very popular beer spot in Waterbury. They recently opened their own brewery adding several of their own options to a very solid tap list. The actual brewery is located just behind the restaurant and sells crowlers and 16 ounce growlers.

Bantam was the only DIPA that was available when I visited and the only beer I brought home from the brewery. I sampled others when I was there and all were very good. Nice orange color with a thin white head and great lacing get this beer off to a great start. Aroma is slightly sweet and full of citrus goodness. Taste starts with a solid sweet malt base but quickly gives way to the tropical and citrus fruits. Carbonation is light but seemed like that was intentional as the other beers I tried at the brewery had similar levels. Clean, slightly bitter finish with absolutely no alcohol coming through even though it is 8%.

Overall very impressed with the beer from Prohibition Pig and I will have to get out there more often to enjoy the excellent food and bring back more beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Prohibition Pig
Brewers Description: Hopped with Chinook, Columbus, and Simcoe.

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798. 14th Star Brewing Tribute

14th Star TributeVermont gets a lot of attention for its IPAs with The Alchemist (Heady), Lawson’s Finest and Hill Farmstead getting a lot of the buzz but there are several other Vermont breweries making great IPAs. A few months back I reviewed Foley Brothers Fair Maiden which was exceptional and the canned offerings from Fiddlehead; Second Fiddle and Mastermind are both excellent but getting much harder to find. You can add Tribute from 14th Star Brewing to the list of excellent beers to track down when in Vermont

Tribute pours a deep hazy orange with a thin white head. Aroma is quite balanced with some sweet malts coming through along with a nice mix of pine, tropical and citrus hops. Taste is more balanced and not as hop forward as some of those mentioned above but it still packs in a nice mix of flavors; pine, slightly resinous and some grapefruit. Finish is dry and only slightly bitter.

Overall a very nice beer and one worth seeking out next time you are in Vermont. I need to check out their new brewery as my only trip to 14th Star was in their original location. 
Pros:
More balanced than most DIPAs
Cons:
Alcohol Content: 8.4% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 65
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Brewers Website: 14 Star Brewery
Brewers Description: Our Tribute Double IPA is a celebration of hops, pure and simple. A simple and smooth malt base serves as the stage for the hops to perform. Tribute has a beautiful golden color, an aroma brimming with citrusy hops, and a deliciously smooth hop flavor and dry finish.

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794. Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1

Hill Farmstead Society & Solitude #1Somehow in all my trips to Hill I was never able to try the original Society & Solitude. I have had the other 6 versions and they are some of my favorite beers. Fortunately it was available on one of my trips this summer/fall. Society & Solitude #1 is brewed entirely with Cascade hops and it always amazes me the many different flavors a brewer can get from one hop.

Appearance is typical of a Hill Farmstead DIPA with a deep slightly hazy orange color and inch thick white head that left loads of lacing on the glass. Aroma is lighter than the other S&S beers but has some floral and citrus. Taste is big on the citrus, grapefruit and also has a bit of floral. A fair amount of bitterness as expected with a big DIPA. Typical Hill Farmstead mouthfeel, carbonation, etc – which really means exactly the way I like my beers.

Overall an excellent beer but not quite as good S&S #5 or #7.
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Hill Farmstead
Brewers Description: The first in our series of experimental Imperial IPAs – Release #1 is brewed exclusively with Cascade hops (from Segal Ranch) and Weyermann Vienna Malt. Our friend, Jeff O’Neil (the artist formerly known as the head brewer at Ithaca Beer Company… now redesigning the Peekskill Brewery) lent us a hand on the very first and long brew day on our 15bbl brewhouse.

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791. Lord Hobo Brewing Boomsauce

Lord Hobo Brewing BoomsauceThe fourth consecutive beer from Lord Hobo Brewing in Woburn MA. Boom Sauce is interesting in part because it is a blended IPA. Many breweries blend barrel aged beers but Boom Sauce is the only IPA I know of that is blended. This beer is a mix of the previous three beers reviewed from Lord Hobo.

As I noted in the first Lord Hobo release the brewer stated that the first release of Boom Sauce is not where he wanted it to be so I may need to revisit this beer as they recently released the third batch of Boom Sauce. This beer is very nice to look at; very deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma is light and leans more towards the sweet malts than the hops which is surprising for an 8% ABV DIPA. Taste seemed confused with lots going on; sweet, bitter, syrupy with some juicy hops but certainly not what I was hoping.

Overall Boom Sauce is better than three beers that went into it but it also has a lot of room for improvement. More to come on this beer so be sure to check back for updated reviews as the brewers continue to develop the recipes and blending. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Lord Hobo Brewing
Brewers Description: Perfectly blended hoppy ale

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788. Lord Hobo Brewing Consolation Prize

Lord Hobo Brewing Consolation PrizeThe next 4 reviews all come from Lord Hobo Brewing and all are the initial releases of the beers as I was there on opening day to grab a growler of this one and cans of the three other offerings. My understanding is things have changed a bit since the initial releases so I will have to go back in and try these again. In fact in this recent story from The Boston Globe the owner of Lord Hobo claimed the beer was only at 65% of where he wants it to be.

Consolation Prize has the highest ABV of the four beers initially released by Lord Hobo and was the only one not available in cans. The description (see below) says that it is big juicy hops and with an ABV in excess of 9% I was hoping for great things. What I got was a very nice looking beer with minimal aroma compared to other DIPAs. Taste was also a bit of let down with quite a bit of caramel sweetness and a big bitter finish. Some noticeable alcohol in the aroma and taste as it warmed.

Overall not a bad beer but seems like there is room for improvement. Hoping to get down to Woburn again soon to give it another shot. 
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Alcohol Content: 9.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Lord Hobo Brewing
Brewers Description: Hoppy ale, big juicy hops, hints of stone fruit

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786. Four Quarters Brewing Barleygirl

Four Quarters BarleygirlPicked this one up via an in person trade at Hill Farmstead a while back. I actually drank the beer over a month ago but just now writing up the review and getting it posted to the blog.

Crowlers are relatively new and Four Quarters is only the second brewery that I have tried a crowler from. This is my first beer from Four Quarters but I will have to check them out on my next trip to Vermont as I was impressed.  Barleygirl is described as a Belgian Double IPA which may be a first for me.

Appearance is a nice unfiltered orange. Aroma is a pleasant mix of spice and sweet malts. Nothing too crazy in either the appearance or aroma but enjoyable. Taste was a bit muted for a double IPA with some sweet malts and a light citrus bitterness. Finish was quite dry and left me wanting more. Overall a quality beer but I’m not sure the combination of Belgian yeast and a DIPA worked for me. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.1% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Four Quarters
Brewers Description: Belgian Double IPA with Simcoe

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783. Smuttynose Brewing Shebang

Smuttynose ShebangI had this beer on draft at Marche in Lewiston and enjoyed it. A few weeks later I found some bottles at Joka’s in Waterville so I decided to grab one to enjoy at home. The bottle was nearly three months old so it may have lost something in that time but I find the really big 10%+ DIPAs don’t lose as much as some of the smaller beers.

Great looking beer with a deep orange color and thick white head. The aroma when cold was very light with some fruity hop aroma but the alcohol really took over as it warmed. Taste has lots of pine and a bit of grapefruit followed by a big bitterness that lingers. The bitterness and the big alcohol flavor made me happy this was a small bottle.

Overall a good beer but they may have gone a little too big.
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Cons: Too bitter and too much alcohol
Alcohol Content: 10.5% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Smuttynose Brewing
Brewers Description: Shebang (triple IPA, 10.5%) goes further than Big A; featuring a lupulin cornucopia! Bravo and Zeus were used in the boil additions, while dry hopping is a blend of Summit, Pacific Gem and Falconer’s Flight.  For perspective, Shebang uses about 6 pounds of hops per barrel, while Finestkind is brewed with just over 1 pound per barrel.

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778. Medusa Brewing Company Laser Cat

Medusa Brewing Laser CatMade my first trip to Medusa Brewing a few weeks ago and it is a truly impressive facility. Very high tech brewing system, huge tap room and a long list of beers to sample or take home. The beer list included a wide variety of styles including; pale ales, cream ale, porter, stout, IPA, double IPA and even a Randall for infusing beers with fresh hops or other things.

Ended up taking home this small growler of Laser Cat and a large growler of Albatross!. Laser Cat is Medusa’s double IPA which was double dry hopped for added aroma and flavor. It pours a nice deep orange with a thick white head. It is not clear but also not as murky as some other double dry hopped beers like this one from Trillium or Austin Street’s Patina Pale Ale.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruits in the aroma. Taste follows with a sharp bitter finish that was the only part of the beer that I didn’t thoroughly enjoy. Overall a very nice double IPA and one that I would drink again and again. If you find yourself in Mass take the trip to Hudson to check out Medusa Brewing.
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Alcohol Content: 8.2% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
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Brewers Website: Medusa Brewing
Brewers Description:Plenty of dense citrus, tropical fruit, and herbal notes to assault your hop-loving senses. Double dry-hopped with absurd amounts of Citra and Nugget.

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775. Devils Backbone Brewing Company Double Gooch

Devils Backbone Double GoochThis one is a collaboration between Devils Backbone Brewing and Fat Heads Brewery both of which are new to me. I think this beer suffered a bit from age as it was brewed in February and consumed in May so a little over three months.

Appearance is a crystal clear orange with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was muted piney dank hops and a bit of alcohol. Taste followed but there was also a fair amount of herbal, spicy and floral hops which took away from the dank, resiny hops. My favorite IPAs are citrus or tropical fruit followed by the dank, pine hops and then a distant third are the herbal, spicy, floral hops. I had high hopes for this one from the aroma but lost that in the taste.

This could be an entirely different beer fresh so this review may not be accurate if you can find a fresh batch give it a try as it is a solid beer. 
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Alcohol Content: 8.0% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): 80
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Brewers Website: Devils Backbone Brewing
Brewers Description: Double Gooch Imperial International Pale Ale uses distinctive Southern Hemisphere hops from Australia and New Zealand alongside some bright and juicy US hops. Fat Heads Brewery brewed a Gooch Pale Ale using Southern Hemisphere hops this summer and we decided to brew a bigger danker version.

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